Merseyside Police have joined forces with primary schools in Sefton to introduce the Mini Police; their newest and youngest recruits to the force.
The scheme was launched with a spectacular event at Hatton Hill Primary School in Litherland and involved children from Years 5 and 6 of Hatton Hill Primary School and St Monica’s Primary School in Bootle.
40 children from the schools were chosen as their first recruits and issued with their mini police uniforms, as they embark upon this fun and interactive volunteering opportunity.
During the programme, the children learn about the police service and are given a number of opportunities to develop and make the communities in which they live stronger and safer.
The scheme was developed by Durham Constabulary in 2011, when PC Craig Johnston became the beat officer in County Durham.
PC Johnson said: “They may be called the mini police but we are growing fast, and now have mini police in around 70 schools. I am so pleased that Merseyside Police are launching their own version, which I’m sure will be a great success.”
Merseyside Police chief constable Andy Cooke said: “The Mini Police will be true ambassadors for their schools, community and for Merseyside Police. We are looking forward to taking them on this special journey, which will provide them with some fantastic opportunities and life skills to help themselves and their communities grow stronger.”
Anna James, headteacher at Hatton Hill Primary School, said: “We are very excited and value the opportunity to be working with Merseyside Police on this amazing project. It is important that our children learn how to contribute to the wider community so they can develop the skills needed to be responsible citizens. Mini police will allow them to achieve this in a unique and practical way.
“By reaching out to our school, Merseyside Police has demonstrated that they are committed to helping children learn how to be a positive force within the community.
“Mini Police will most definitely be a fantastic learning opportunity. I am sure the project will also be great fun for the many children involved!”
You can watch their launch on Youtube: